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Managing Your Child's Health When They're at Home

By Brandi Goodman 

The health and well-being of your child is always your responsibility. However, throughout the school year your student may be getting their exercise from gym glass, recess time, or sports. This may leave you a little less worried about making sure they're staying active. When your child is at home, though, especially for extended periods such as the summer, you really need to make sure you're staying on top of their health and wellness.

Ensure Daily Opportunities for Fitness

Your kids need fitness opportunities to stay active and healthy. Don't let them sit on their gaming systems for hours on end with no intervals in between of exercise. Each day, be sure to encourage them to get up and exercise so they can stay feeling well. Get them outdoors for bike riding, a simple walk, or play time. When stuck indoors, such as on a rainy day, then helping with chores and dancing are fine options.

Make Meals Together

Parents shouldn't be the only ones in the kitchen. It's important to get your kids to participate as well, encouraging them to make meals together and including them in the process. It helps them gain a better relationship with food, understanding the benefits of healthy ingredients and how to set the appropriate portions. Kids need nutritious meals and not fast food or processed junk.

Encourage Friendships

Even when kids can't get together with their friends in person, it's still important to maintain relationships. This may mean sending a text, talking over video chat, or even sending a letter through regular mail service. It's important to encourage friendships and ensure your kids are staying in contact with their friends and family. It's beneficial for mental health.

Teach Proper Handwashing

Part of staying healthy includes keeping illnesses at bay. One way to do this is to make sure your kids are washing their hands properly -- and often. Teach proper handwashing techniques, making sure they're spreading the soap all over the front and back of their hands and between their fingers as well, and not just on the palms. It's advised to scrub for at least 20 seconds.

Your child's health should always be a top priority, especially when you know they're no longer getting the daily exercise and regular guidance many school systems provide. Get up and active with your kids and encourage healthy habits so their well-being is maintained.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Avon, Ind.

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